Want to grow Drupal? Put on a DrupalCamp

I just got back from a great trip to DrupalCamp Toronto. It's always very valuable to meet fellow Drupal people, to learn how all of us use Drupal, and to brainstorm about our future.

It is fascinating to think that only a few years ago, the main DrupalCon was smaller than today's DrupalCamps. It's even more staggering when you realize that on any given weekend, there are probably several DrupalCamps happening in cities all around the world. It blows my mind.

In-person meetings have been instrumental to Drupal's success and growth. If you want to grow Drupal in your area, consider to put on a DrupalCamp and to organize regular meet-ups. It is the best way to bootstrap and foster your local Drupal community.

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LaurenElysia (not verified):

Drupal Camp Toronto was by far the most enjoyable and informative conference I've ever attended.

I was amazed that you were able to find the time to come in person, speak, and sit in on the sessions.

Cheers

Cleaver Barnes (not verified):

It was great you could make it to Toronto. It was a great event, and I think everyone enjoyed your keynote. We're looking forward to even bigger and better DrupalCamps in the coming years.

Khaled (not verified):

We have prepared a series of small meetups every two weeks, and follow them a DrupalCamp 6 months or so. It's still two early to say that because our first meetup next week in Damascus - Syria. ;)

Greetings from all Arabic Drupal users.

Mark Fernandes (not verified):

Your post is right on, organizing local events around Drupal can be draw to introducing more people, like myself, to Drupal. I found the conference to be useful to learn Drupal speak and clarify Drupal concepts. To see, meet, and speak to the founder of the project in person was an added bonus. Thank you for your time.

Chris Luckhardt (not verified):

My first DrupalCamp was really the foundation of what I built my Drupal skills on. I met a lot of great people (some of whom I worked along side organizing this year's event in Toronto) and learned a huge amount about Drupal in a short time.

Thanks for making the trek to Toronto to do a great keynote, Dries. Myself and the rest of the organizing committee appreciate it immensely!

Grant (not verified):

Agreed. I think we are at the stage where I believe community leaders are amongst our most vital assets. Running/helping to run a DUG and/or DrupalCamp is as much value as code or any other contributions to Drupal. All contributions are equal? I believe so. I think it's high time we changed the coder-centric saying, "Talk is silver, code is gold," to "Talk is silver, contributions are gold."

Martin Bavio (not verified):

Your post was right on schedule! While you were writing this, we were finishing the last tiny bits to our own DrupalCamp website!

It's the first DC in this lands, far away from yours!

So if you or any of the core guys want to come to Argentina, meet some cool people and eat some amazing asado, you are all invited to our DrupalCamp in November!

Ops, I forgot the website url... There you have!

Ian (not verified):

Drupal Camp Toronto was awesome, and thanks for stopping by, your keynote was great. I learned a lot and didn't expect it to be as big as it was. Drupal is growing fast.

Gregory Heller (not verified):

I couldn't agree with you more about this Dries. The Camps are an amazing way to grow both the community, and individual knowledge and expertise. They also serve as a wonderful opportunity for people to improve their presentation skills and hone effective presentations for teaching about Drupal. We created the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit as a way to delve deeper into advanced topics and create a venue for hard core coders in our region to get together and advance Drupal.

It is really wonderful to see how the Camp concept has taken off and adapted to so many different local environments, AND how so many people are getting an opportunity to learn from the community without having to travel half way around the world!